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The Solitary Reaper-Analysis

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Introduction

GCSE English Coursework (WJEC) Alexander Fisher 3rd January 2008 Wonder and Disenchantment Grade: Comments: The reaper's song immediately triggers the poet's imagination and he becomes interested in what she is singing. However he does not know of what she is referring to. Throughout this poem, he makes referrals to the fact that he does not know of what she sings. I took this to mean that as she is in Scotland, and Wordsworth himself was of English origin, he couldn't understand the native language of the Scottish Highland woman. He imagines that the song is about some unhappy incident or about some battles fought long ago. But whatever the subject of the song is (which he does not find out), its sweet music made a deep and lasting impression in poet's mind. ...read more.

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I think that this is also meant to grab the reader's attention and direct them into the mood of the poem. Some of these directive verbs are: 'Behold her', 'Stop here', 'O listen!' I think that this poem has an underlying tone of severity and sombreness. It also has a quite depressing tone, however, the poet contrasts this by saying that the woman's beauty and vocal talent is in comparative lines with nature itself. I think that the poet also meant for the poem to be quite sad and sombre as it adds to the mystery of the reaper. The poet wants the reader to focus upon the fact that reaper is alone and she seems to be singing happily to herself. ...read more.

Conclusion

The poem also uses a lot of enjambment. I think that Wordsworth does this to keep the poems tone regular, but also to enhance the complexity of the poem and make his point come across easier. Wordsworth's choice of verbs develops 'The Solitary Reaper' and makes the poem more powerful and interesting. Inclusive are: 'Behold', 'Stop', 'Cuts', 'Breaking', 'Mounted' and 'Bore'. These verbs add tension to the poem. Wordsworth's poem relates to the cultural climate by showing a working class person in the fields working in solidarity. This could mean that he thinks that many people are moving to towns and industry and therefore to be working in the fields is a solitary life but is more natural and incorrupt than a working class person in the city. Therefore he shows that working closely with nature inspires people to have beauty and a simple life over money and a hard industrial life. ...read more.

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